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The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists will meet on Saturday, March 18, at Somerset Public Library, 1464 County St. The program at noon is by The Gravestone Girls. They will talk about gravestone … more
Good recycling is important for a lot of reasons. First, it is good for the environment. Ever- growing and toxic landfills are becoming a major problem. But there is a more practical reason to … more
I talked to a man in Touisset last week who told me he felt it was important to develop and foster pride in the community.  I could not agree more.   In my two years on Council I have … more
Two years ago, the constituents of District 68 (Bristol/Warren) did not get a choice of who their Representative in the General Assembly would be ... the incumbent Rep. ran unopposed. On November 8th … more
  For the past two weeks I’ve written about the problem of empty storefronts on Main Street. I focus on this issue because it is one of the biggest concerns of residents. People … more
The issue of raising the minimum wage is often viewed, mistakenly, as a solution to poverty.  Proponents of such legislation, like my opponent Jason Knight, claim doing so will allow the … more
As a Warren small business owner of over 13 years, I have had the unique opportunity to see the success and struggle of so many, from long established merchants and restaurants to brand new start … more
It seems as if there’s no end to the new websites you can find for genealogical research. Using a search engine to find just about any topic turns up something interesting.I was doing a little … more
In researching our ancestors, we spend a great deal of time tracking down dates and places in vital records. Obviously, this is important because we have to be certain we have the right John Smith … more
I hadn’t looked at the French-Canadian branch on my family tree since 2008. This is an updated version of a column I wrote at that time — some new websites and some no longer with us. A discovery on my paternal grandmother’s side took … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.